Career transition: a way out of crisis

Career transition: a way out of crisis

The perfect job, the always fun and what motivates you to leave the house every morning, there is no well. But what you actually see if it is a short-term crisis in your dissatisfaction in the job, or whether it’s time for a career change?


Termination – makes a word that German workers fear

Quitting ? For many workers in Germany would be unthinkable. Who has a job, best even an indefinite employment contract , would in our culture of safety never the idea to abandon this privilege voluntarily.

Career transition, which is a term that inspires many people fear. This finally is accompanied, break out of the routine and to embark on new, unknown paths without knowing whether the courage will pay off in the end. But the rising number of physical especially mental illness is conducting a rethink: The Generation Y security is no longer the highest professional goal.

More important than the indefinite employment or successful careers are intangibles, such as to make sense of the activity, or a balanced for the new workers in the market work-life balance to have. From this new philosophy results in an increasing willingness termination in Germany, especially among younger workers.

Good Reasons There are many

Reasons which justify a voluntary terminations termination, there are sufficient: In a study published in Statista study, respondents from Generation Y in particular too much overtime, lack of opportunities for advancement in the hierarchy, the lack of financial promotion, and too little flexibility as possible grounds for termination of.


However, a dismissal does not mean always that then reorient themselves professionally. The progressive skills shortage leads mainly to the fact that highly skilled workers have more and more choice between different attractive career opportunities.

Nevertheless, you should, if you think about a termination, use the opportunity to check for yourself where your discontent stirred. The question is:

Are you unhappy with your current location only, or with your employer, but you want your job to run continue? Or is it perhaps time for a complete career change?

And even if you have not yourself or voluntarily decided for this step, for example, a dismissal for operational reasons or job loss due to a long illness, the break is in the CV the perfect opportunity to put your career choice once to the test. But what you actually see that a career change possibly could be the best decision for you?

consider Tangible and intangible factors

It is a decision that you can make in the end only itself. Ask therefore the question is: What are the requirements your dream job actually meet and how this coincides with your current occupation? Many people would now give the following answer:

  • good pay
  • short commutes
  • hierarchical advancement opportunities
  • pleasant working atmosphere
  • friendly teammates
  • flexible working hours
  • etc.

But it is not just the external conditions that have to be right, so that you can be happy and long-term success in your profession. For your mental and physical health, it is namely also important that your dream job meets the following factors:

  • meaningfulness
  • balanced work-life balance
  • Recognition and appreciation
  • balanced performance pressure between promotion and challenge
  • etc.

You do not have to jump every morning jubilantly out of bed and look forward to finally be able to go to work. Nevertheless, should you like to exercise your job and especially in the everyday fun work place.

However, if you already wake up every morning with abdominal pain or you dread the evening before the next working day, it’s time for a career change. It is striking, that especially young professionals always choose the reorientation.

This is according to experts mainly because that can lead many people with your career choice from the view of power, money or prestige, then but remember that they do not feel comfortable in the daily routine of their chosen profession.

This also explains why every year more people are opting for a career change, working in jobs with good pay and high prestige – and thus actually no reason for “action” would have – as for example those in the social sectors.

That nowadays every German worker can be found in his profession the absolute self-realization, but experts consider utopian. With regard to their dissatisfaction with the job , therefore many workers feel trapped in a dilemma between wishful thinking and reality. At what point should you so put your dreams shelved and what it is really time for the career change?

stay realistic but courageous

When asked about her absolute dream job most people would respond with athletes, singers, actors or circus performer. Nevertheless, it is true, of course, always remain realistic when choosing a career.

It could be also quite possible that even if life as an athlete or an actor in reality for you disappointing and unsatisfactory. Why experts warn to seek immediate professional reorientation at every doubts and indulge unrealistic dream ideas.

But on the other hand you should not self-doubt or fear of what those around you might think of you, be dissuaded from your projects. The motto is: be courageous, but be realistic! If you make your career choices to date on the test bench, so please proceed as follows:

  1. Wait once a few weeks, maybe two, three or four months from order to check whether your dissatisfaction is not just a passing phase.
  2. Sometimes you do not notice right away that you are in a crisis. Caught in the rat race, many people work namely increasingly easy and ignore alarms. Therefore, make aware for signs such as depression, leaden weariness, depressive moods, mood swings, nausea and gastrointestinal discomfort, lack of energy, lack of motivation, feeling faint, dizziness, etc.
  3. Keep these or similar symptoms but after a few weeks or to or have even become worse and a change in circumstances is not in sight, be sure to find out the causes of the crisis. Important is namely that you learn to distinguish between personal and professional crises. You should never rashly terminate without being sure that the career change is indeed the right solution. Take therefore once both your professional and your private situation under the magnifying glass and get some professional help, if appropriate, for example by a psychotherapist.
  4. Now ask whether and how to clear the reasons for your dissatisfaction of the way up. Would an internal transfer feasible? Could you resolve conflicts to an arbitrator? Will a change of employer? If part-time work a sensible alternative?
  5. If these solutions are not satisfactory and you are sure that the professional reorientation the only or even the best way out of the crisis is? Then do your health a favor and put your plans into action.

The courage has strong opponent: doubt

put it into practice, however, this is easier for many people said than done. A career change entails namely numerous challenges and obstacles. In most cases, the victims are simply self-defeating. The career change is a bold move and not infrequently make you self-doubt a spanner in the works:

  • Can I meet the challenge?
  • If the finances are sufficient for it?
  • Could I actually be happy in the new job?
  • Am I too old for a career change?
  • Am I a too high a risk?
  • Will my / s spouse or partner / join in that?
  • Do I have unrealistic expectations of the other job?
  • Will I not go from bad to worse?
  • What will my friends and acquaintances think of me?
  • What if it is the wrong decision, and then I can no longer return to the old job?
  • Who’d then adjust to?
  • Am I willing to give up everything I have worked me so hard?

Such doubts are absolutely normal, but you should not be deterred from the right path. Therefore, experts advise to write down a doubt and thoroughly and objectively to examine.

Are you clear about whether this is a groundless fear, or if the doubt has its raison d’etre. For example, results in a realistic calculation that your finances do not permit a professional reorientation currently, you should take the problem seriously.

This means now do not you have to give up your career change immediately. Ask instead, for example, about the possibility of small loans or occupational retraining. Are you doubt, however: “In the new job, I’m certainly not happy” , so you have it no objective basis. In this case you can, for example, do a short internship in order to get a realistic picture of the working day in the new job of your choice can. Our advice is to take your doubts serious but do not be discouraged!

Unpack on it, …

… Before you make health a spanner in the works. Although the indefinite employment contract gives you namely a sense of security, is causing job dissatisfaction sooner or later the real burden on the mental and physical health.

So do not wait until you give your body or your mind a clear signal that it is time for a change. Many people dare namely until the step to improve career prospects, if you are encouraged by your circumstances to be, or even forced.

This may be caused by an illness, for example, or the like through a divorce, a new relationship, a move, an accident Do not hesitate longer before it is too late, but pack it now! Enter the following checklist as a little guidance …

The checklist for professional reorientation

  • Learn to perceive your current condition.
  • You are unhappy? Then look for the causes.
  • Take once before small changes in your professional or personal environment.
  • Find out what you really want from your career.
  • Find your dream job .
  • Check whether you meet all the requirements for this dream job.
  • Get a realistic picture of the profession, for example through an internship.
  • Keep yourself, if possible, once the back open.
  • Sit high, but realistic milestones.
  • Once you realize that your vision is feasible, you dare to jump.
  • Trust in yourself and your abilities .
  • Focus now fully on your new goals.
  • Get professional support in your career transition:
    – career counselors work agency
    – community colleges
    – career choice tests and professional information on the internet
    – private work or career advisor (German Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance eV, German Association for Career counseling eV)